Wine Tasting 5/18

A lineup of California varietals: Matanzas Creek stands at the crossroads of sofistication and simplicity. Every time you taste one of Byron’s wines you are surrounded by the flavors, textures and scents that can only come from the Santa Maria Valley.  In Keeping with John G. Ray’s belief that red wines are for men, Ray’s Station offers a big, rich and intense merlot sourced from the foothills in Alexander Valley, a few miles from the original Ray’s Station.Edmeades is the authentic taste of one of California’s final viticultural frontiers – the Anderson Valley. The soul of the Atalon story is a ghost winery dating back to 1888. Built by General W.S. Keyes in the heart of the famed Howell Mountain.


Tuesday May 18th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings


The signature style of ‘non grassy’ Sauvignon Blanc is achieved by blending Sauvignon Musqué (a clonal cousin of Sauvignon Blanc) which balances the wine’s natural acidity, strengthens the mid-palate and provides a longer finish. The nose has an intensely perfumed fresh bouquet of pink grapefruit and lemon cream combined with energetic spice notes underlined by invigorating minerality. Emulating the nose, the palate of crisp citrus and melon flavor carries a hint of dry white herb accompanied by a soft, round mouth feel resulting in a medium bodied, fresh, food-friendly wine. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 88 points

BTG $ 7.00                                  Retail $18.99



The 2007 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay is styled to highlight the vivid aromas and flavors of our cool climate fruit. The wine was 100% barrel fermented with 100% malolactic fermentation. Additional layers of complexity were achieved through sur lie aging and weekly hand stirring of the barrels, known as batonage. Native yeasts, which contribute silkiness and depth to the wine, were used on selected lots to round out the final blend. It displays fruit-forward citrus aromas, accented by hints of mineral and toasty oak. On the palate, it is richly textured with cream, toast, lime and minerals. 90 points  Wine Spectator – June 30, 2009

BTG $ 7.50                                 Retail $19.99



Lush, rich, dense, concentrated and hearty. A small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (2 %) is blended to this vintage to enhance the structure and bring about rich aromatics. The wine is aged in French and American oak barrels that encouraged cedar and vanilla fragrances to develop.The wine is well-balanced and quite complex. You’ll find layers of spicy plum, black cherry and cassis with underlying hints of tobacco and coffee bean. On the palate the lush fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a nice acidity. The finish is lingering and smoky.

BTG $ 5.00                                  Retail $11.99



A blend of 84% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah 5% Syrah, 1% Grenache, .3% Merlot and 1% Barbera.

Dominated by a mixed bowl of berries aromas, fresh red meat and spices and then freshly baked wild berry pies; there is a little smoke in the nose. The tannins are soft and supple, hence the gamey and meatiness underneath all the mixed fruits. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 90 points

 BTG $ 5.75                                  Retail $14.99



Aromas of cherries, dark berries and cedar jump from the glass of this rich, full-bodied and smooth Cabernet. Cassis and cocoa powder fill the palate, with a medium dry finish and fine tannins.

Rated: 88 by Stephen Tanzer, May/Jun 09

BTG $ 10.00                                  Retail $27.99

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